So, I probably won’t have time to post more than once a day, but I just wanted to share this really quickly.
I was reading on Made In His Image a ton of really encouraging quotes with pictures (you know, the super cute artsy ones :D) and they’re about purity and selfless love and hope – it’s all so beautiful 😀
and then I read this article (http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/raquel-welch-the-era-of-porn-has-annihilated-men) on Maura’s blog http://ifighthimwithlove.wordpress.com/ – it’s super interesting!
Like Maura said, please pray for purity! St Maria Goretti and St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!
I just wanted to check in here at the end of my day 😀 today was nice and slow – I had my first class and it should be super fun! We’re reading the Aeneid and Robert Frost. I’m liking the Aeneid the second time around – seeing it more as a sort of propaganda to make the Roman people proud and guide their thoughts in a certain direction 😀
What was best about today though, was the Chiesa del Gesu, the Jesuit church with St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier’s relics. It is probably the most beautiful church I have personally seen. Also, God is just really wonderful and amazing in all ways. Something that struck me is the wisdom the Church has in placing relics of the Saints and *real* beautiful art in churches. Some may call it distracting, but I believe it really serves to elevate your mind. And where your mind is, there your words and actions are. They all form the person you are and become. Given the rich theology taught through the symbolism in the paintings and sculptures, I could have spent hours there. It was all around beautiful, refreshing, inspiring, and gratitude-inducing 😀
God speaks to those who listen in the beauty and goodness of the extraordinary, as well as the ordinary in life. Guided by the Wisdom and Prudence of the Holy Spirit, may we share the gifts God has given us, material and spiritual, with wild generosity and self-denial. Through the intercession of Sts. Anne, Francis Xavier, Ignatius, and the Blessed Mother, may our hearts always be tender and attentive to the voice of the Loving Shepherd, calling us to service in His Name, and eternal bliss with Him. Amen.
This is an absolutely beautiful meditation and reading which we received this morning in class. I hope to live by it this semester.
To conclude: here is an all-embracing resolution: “I want to be kind, today and always, to everyone.”
In this way, we can put Pope John’s hope for every Christian into practice: “Every believer in this world must be a spark of light, a core of love, life-giving leaven in the mass: and the more he is so, the more he will live, in his innermost depths, in communion with God.”
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone